This programme provides advanced study of accounting and financial management. It enables graduates of accounting and finance, as well as professionally qualified accountants, to take stock of what they have learnt, and helps them extend their academic training. You will gain the theoretical framework and skills needed to cope with the increasingly complex and global nature of the field.
Many MSc graduates have progressed to senior positions in the accounting profession and industry, including investment banking. Others are now faculty members in universities in the UK and throughout the world.
◾Foundations of Finance
◾Principles of Financial Reporting
◾Introduction to Quantitative Methods
◾Introduction to Finance
◾Introduction to Accounting
◾Introduction to Financial Markets
◾Quantitative Methods for Finance
◾Advanced Corporate Finance
◾Advanced Investment Management
◾Financial Reporting for Complex Entities
◾Financial Statement Analysis
◾Fixed Income Markets
◾Advanced Management Accounting
◾Risk Management in Commercial Banking
◾Professional Ethics: Standards in Finance and Accounting Practice
◾Financial Data Platforms
This one-year MSc in Advanced Financial Analysis is designed to give you the specialist knowledge and skills that you will need for a career in investment management or financial analysis and to help you acquire the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Level 2 qualification.
The programme consists of two core elements. The first comprises eight taught modules, spread over the first and second terms. These modules, delivered jointly by Lancaster faculty and Fitch Learning’s professional instructors, are designed to cover the material you will need for the core CFA Level 2 syllabus relating to investments and financial analysis.
The second element of the programme is a specialist CFA dissertation stream which runs in the third term and through to September and includes:
• Advanced Financial Markets and Investment Management
• Advanced Financial Reporting and Analysis
• Advanced Investment Risk Management
• Advanced Investment Research Methods
• Financial Modelling and Analysis
• Fund Management
• Programming and Databases for Financial Applications
• Regulation and Compliance
Our students develop the crucial marketing management skills of critical integrative thinking and collaborative working within a curriculum focused on the integration of theory and practice. Throughout the programme you will continually confront ‘real’ world issues in marketing.
Our programme is unique and the class size is tightly controlled to enable the staff-student and student-student contact necessary for the forms and processes of learning required.
These Masters programmes are deliberately challenging in order to provide the intellectual and practical platforms which will enable you to fast track into senior management in marketing.
Following the taught modules you will carry out an individual in-depth piece of research and produce a dissertation, this is often based on a practical project conducted with a company.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
• Marketing in Practice
• Researching Markets and Marketing
• Developing a Critical Understanding of Marketing
• Business Models and Market Makers
• Digital Marketing
• Managing Marketing Channels
• Critical and Creative Communications
This degree brings together the strengths of the former Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) MA degrees, which it replaces. It provides an exciting programme suitable for those currently working as language teachers, those who plan to work as language teachers in the future, and those who simply have a strong interest in language learning and teaching.
Core modules cover four areas considered essential to an applied linguistics degree whereas optional modules can be chosen from a range of specialised or broader topics – please see our website for a full list.
• Principles of Language Teaching
• Second Language Acquisition
• Language Test Construction and Evaluation
• Research Methods in Linguistics and English Language
Optional modules include:
◾Using Corpora in Language Teaching
◾Content-Based Approaches to Language Education
◾English Grammar: A Cognitive Approach
◾Introduction to Discourse Studies
◾Language, Literacies and Digital Communication
◾Critical Discourse Analysis
◾Experimental Approaches to Language and Cognition
◾Curriculum Design in Language Education
◾Teaching Languages to Students with Specific Learning Differences
Lancaster’s MSc Biomedical Science by Research offers you an exciting opportunity to undertake and manage your own research project, allowing you to gain valuable laboratory experience and forge important relationships in the professional sphere.
Areas of research fall within (but are not limited to) the diverse biomedical portfolio of our academic staff - global health, cancer biology, diseases of the brain, infectious disease, drug discovery, biology of ageing and biomedical ethics.
Our 12-month programme provides you with the knowledge and technical skills to produce sustained and original work - work that will underpin progression in your chosen career. At the core of this is your independent research project, in which you will produce new and original data to make a solid contribution to the scientific community.
Our degree format includes nine months of full-time laboratory work as part of an established world-leading research team, directed learning via our graduate training programme, and a three-month writing up period.
The dissertation, and a viva voce assessment, will showcase your knowledge and understanding of your chosen research area whilst also demonstrating your ability to critically evaluate existing literature.
You will be supported by your supervisors at every stage: identifying gaps in your knowledge base (and working together to fill them), helping you to develop practical skills, increasing your data analysis skills, and guiding the writing up of your dissertation.
As well as developing intellectual, practical and transferable skills, Lancaster’s MSc Biomedicine by Research will endow you with authoritative knowledge on a specific subject. You will gain a practical understanding of advanced research techniques, and develop competence in applying these to the development and management of your own research project.
Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. This opens doors to careers in the NHS, industry, government, and charities. Our MSc programme also provides an excellent grounding for further academic research, such as undertaking a PhD.
If you thrive on autonomous learning and you’ve identified an area of research that you wish to pursue, we are ready to hear from you. Please contact one of our research team leaders, whose interests align with your own, to discuss the proposed focus of your research undertaking. For more general enquiries, or if you are unsure about your preferred area of research, please contact the Director of MSc by Research, Dr Ed Parkin.
The MSc in Biomedicine at Lancaster offers an intensive, 12-month programme in a world-class environment with teaching and supervision by research-active staff. We aim to develop your intellectual, practical and transferable skills as you obtain a highly sought-after postgraduate qualification.
We are passionate advocates of academic curiosity and lifelong learning. The programme combines taught modules with a substantial dissertation research project, each making up half of the required points for assessment. This dual approach consolidates crucial skills whilst offering the flexibility to pursue a semi-independent research agenda.
The MSc lectures and workshops are aligned with the Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences core research themes and showcase the wide diversity of biomedical research; we use them to explore its application to human health and disease.
The course focuses on several hot topics in biomedicine including global health, cancer biology, diseases of the brain, infectious disease, drug discovery and biomedical ethics – these provide a springboard for your independent research project. Your dissertation provides you with the opportunity to produce a robust scientific argument, to formulate and test hypotheses and to assess contrasting scientific theories.
As well as obtaining practical experience of cutting-edge techniques during your research project, you will improve your autonomous problem-solving and decision-making skills. Throughout the degree, you will be applying the principles of biomedical ethics, and learning techniques that will enable you to experiment during scientific problem-solving exercises. Our academic staff will also encourage, support and guide you to ensure that you graduate with increased competence and confidence.
Our graduates are highly-regarded for their communication skills, analytical ability, confidence in critical evaluation, and their competence in interpreting data in a biomedical context. This opens doors to careers in the NHS, industry, government, and charities. Our MSc programme also provides an excellent grounding for those who wish to pursue further academic research at PhD level.
This MSc programme gives you the analytical skills essential to support data analysis, decision making and planning. Founded over 40 years ago, it is regarded by many employers as the UK’s premier degree in the field. This programme is ideal if you wish to work in business analytics, decision support, industrial engineering, operational research and management science.
Our strong connections to industry and government ensure that what you learn on this MSc has a highly practical focus, both in teaching and in the three-month MSc summer projects. Graduates from the programme are in high demand, and recruited to organisations in many sectors, including roles in financial institutions, insurance, industry, retail, government, and consultancies.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
◾Introduction to Business Analytics and Operational Research
◾Problem Solving Skills for Consultants
◾Applying Statistical Models in Business
◾Optimisation and Heuristics
◾Masters Research Project
◾Masters Research Dissertation
◾Introduction to Computer Programming using C and C++
◾Data Mining for Marketing, Sales and Finance
◾SAS Programming for Business Analytics
◾Marketing Research Methods
◾Operations and Supply Excellence
◾Marketing Analytics and Modelling
Computer science is a dynamic discipline, applicable to a diverse range of industries. This Masters programme explores cutting-edge innovation in experimental computer science, and provides you with a solid grounding of professional, real-world experience.
Our MSc Computer Science programme has been designed specifically to meet the needs of contemporary industrial and research environments. As a result, this programme blends advanced academic teaching with rigorous practical and professional experience. This will ensure you have the skills, knowledge, and awareness to engage with computing and computer science in a vast range of industries.
Your study will be based in InfoLab21, our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence. Here you will engage with seven taught modules and a research or industry placement. These modules will provide you with a wealth of specialist knowledge and skills, covering a range of topics informed by our research excellence. Topics include: Distributed Systems; Advanced Human Computer Interaction; and Systems Architecture and Integration.
In addition to these taught modules, you will undertake a substantial independent research project, supervised by a member of academic staff. Your project will tackle a real-world problem that you have identified, and will allow you to apply your technical skills and knowledge to current world-class research. You will also develop expert knowledge of a specific area of the discipline. Over the course of your project, you will also practise your ability to identify and structure research questions; gather, analyse and evaluate data and evidence; and present and communicate your findings and conclusions.
Finally, during the MSc programme, you will develop relevant work skills and will have the opportunity to engage with industry. Our programme leads to fantastic graduate prospects and will ensure you are well placed to pursue these options. You will gain real-world, applicable work experience by working with one of our partner companies, providing you with insight into a professional ICT environment. You will also have access to our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), a place of business collaboration based in InfoLab21, which provides you with a direct link to over 500 ICT-centric organisations.
The MSc by Research programme can be tailored to your individual research needs.
You will first take an induction course leading to the production of a learning contract with a research supervisor and subsequently develop a research proposal that forms the basis of the rest of your study.
You will then progress to a period of independent research project-work and complete a project dissertation. Upon successful completion of the MSc, you will have clearly demonstrated your ability to meet the required high levels of technical professionalism.
This MA programme is designed to critically examine the theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the dynamics of peace and conflict in the contemporary world. The programme engages with the work of leading peace and conflict studies scholars, at both conceptual and empirical levels, and draws on evidence from a range of recent armed conflicts.
The programme also addresses techniques in conflict resolution, such as mediation, in order to deepen your understanding, and to develop practical skills in conflict analysis. The programme also uses optional modules from Politics to support the core programme.
You will take five taught modules each assessed by a 5,000 word essay. The programme culminates in the writing of a 20,000-word dissertation in a subject area of your own choosing.
• Conflict Management and Contemporary Conflicts
• Theory and Methods in Postgraduate Studies
This MA is ideal for those considering employment in the field of humanitarian assistance and post-conflict reconstruction. It is also relevant to practitioners wishing to study the politics of aid. The programme builds on critical policy research and consultancy that has been completed for a wide range of international organisations.
It addresses the increasing overlap between ‘development’ and ‘security’ and explores the significance of globalisation for the emergence of internal, regionalised and networked forms of conflict and instability.
This analysis will broaden your understanding of the present crisis in global security as you go on to study the recent and current responses in humanitarian, developmental and security terms, particularly the links between aid and politics.
• Theorising Security and War
• Theory and Method in Postgraduate Studies
Our Conservation and Biodiversity Masters offers great flexibility, with a wide choice of topics from across disciplines, enabling you to construct a programme that suits your individual interests and career ambitions in this increasingly important field.
You will have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in the key theoretical issues, such as wildlife population dynamics and conservation biology, and learn how these are applied to real-world problems, such as managing habitats or dealing with wildlife-human conflicts. Additionally, you will gain and develop the key skills that are valued by employers, such as problem solving, report writing, data analysis and presentation skills.
You will complete six taught modules delivered by world-leading researchers from our three internationally-renowned partner organisations: Lancaster Environment Centre, Rothamsted Research and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. This gives you the opportunity to interact with a wide range of expert specialists, including lake ecologists, political ecologists, food security biologists, earth observation geographers, social scientists and others, so that you can put your learning into a wider context.
Several modules include field trips to the beautiful and topographically varied countryside around Lancaster, and beyond. If you want to travel further afield, we have research projects and partners across the globe that provide exiting opportunities when it comes to selecting your dissertation project.
This project forms a substantial part of your Masters degree. It will enhance your practical and analytical skills and give you the opportunity to apply your learning to a real-world challenge. This may involve a doing a project with a government agency or conservation organisation through our award winning Centre for Global Eco-innovation, which uses our excellent links with the environmental and conservation sectors. Examples of previous dissertation projects are:
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in the environmental and conservation sectors, as well as further study for a PhD.